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Staff badly needed in TN Prisons
Staff badly needed in TN Prisons

Officials say there are more than 800 staff vacancies in Tennessee's public and private prisons amid ongoing complaints from employees, inmates and others about pay, benefits, safety and other concerns.

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Education Department Releases America's College Promise Playbook
Education Department Releases America's College Promise Playbook

At the state level, the playbook showcases the Tennessee Promise program. The program serves over 16,000 students and is contributing to a 10 percent increase in public higher education enrollment and a 25 percent increase at community colleges throughout Tennessee.

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Unlawful Up-Skirt Photos Officially Sex Offender Crime in Tennessee on July 1
Unlawful Up-Skirt Photos Officially Sex Offender Crime in Tennessee on July 1

Legislation to add those who unlawfully photograph a person for sexual gratification to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) Sex Offender Registry was recently highlighted by Governor Bill Haslam at a ceremony on Capitol Hill marking the signing of the new law.

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A Homeless Veteran in the United States
A Homeless Veteran in the United States

"So, how did you get to Atlanta," I asked. He grinned, "When I had a weekend pass I'd come to Atlanta because I loved it, after the Army I just stayed here."

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LaVergne Man Faces Aggravated Rape Charges on Monday in Court
LaVergne Man Faces Aggravated Rape Charges on Monday in Court

A 20-year old man will face the Rutherford County Courts on Monday June 20th, to formerly hear the "Aggravated Rape" charges against him.

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Recount of Votes on Abortion Restriction Issue
Recount of Votes on Abortion Restriction Issue

A federal judge has ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortion.

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Will the Bible be the official Book of Tennessee?
Will the Bible be the official Book of Tennessee?

Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers voted Monday to make the Holy Bible the state's official book.

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State of TN Hires New Elevator Inspectors
State of TN Hires New Elevator Inspectors

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has hired four new elevator inspectors, including the first female elevator inspector in the state's history.

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Man Busted for
Man Busted for "Sizzurp"

An Antioch man has been charged with distributing bottles of sizzurp -- a modified cough syrup -- in Bedford County.

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Franklin County, TN Releases Details of the death of an 11-year old girl
Franklin County, TN Releases Details of the death of an 11-year old girl

Authorities in Franklin County have announced that the accused shooter of Sienna Dusk Owens the 11-year-old girl who was found shot over the weekend is a 12 year-old classmate.

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Dowelltown man gets a 25-year prison sentence for rape of a child
Dowelltown man gets a 25-year prison sentence for rape of a child

A Dowelltown man charged with child rape for allegedly touching his eight year old niece in a sexual manner was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Wednesday, December 2.

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Recovery Courts in Tennessee Leading to Lifetime Transformations
Recovery Courts in Tennessee Leading to Lifetime Transformations

Recovery Courts in Tennessee have been putting people who struggle with mental health and substance use issues on the path to a more successful and rewarding future since 2003.

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Murder Suspects Arrested in Manchester
Murder Suspects Arrested in Manchester

According to Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied, two people wanted in connection with a Covington, Georgia homicide/robbery were arrested in Manchester.

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Heroin Abuse Is On The Rise In Tennessee, Leaving Lives In Ruins
Heroin Abuse Is On The Rise In Tennessee, Leaving Lives In Ruins

Heroin use is sharply increasing in Tennessee right now. More people are seeking treatment for a heroin addiction in Tennessee when compared to years past.

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Murfreesboro Murder Convict Sentenced in Court
Murfreesboro Murder Convict Sentenced in Court

One of Murfreesboro's most wanted who was captured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was recently sentenced in a Rutherford County Courtroom.

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State wants to close drivers testing centers in some smaller counties
State wants to close drivers testing centers in some smaller counties

Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons was in McMinnville recently to explain to local officials why the state wants to close the Driver Testing Center in Warren County.

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Woodbury man accused of leading THP on a Pursuit Wrecks
Woodbury man accused of leading THP on a Pursuit Wrecks

A 25 year old Woodbury man, who apparently tried to outrun the law in a pursuit, wrecked his automobile Saturday morning on Highway 56 in DeKalb County.

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Motlow College will present Tres Vidas in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month
Motlow College will present Tres Vidas in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

The show is being sponsored by the Student Affairs division and co-hosted by the Office of Campus and Student Relations and the Smyrna Center.

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Murfreesboro Resident asks City to Consider an Inventory System for Traffic Signs
Murfreesboro Resident asks City to Consider an Inventory System for Traffic Signs

The Murfreesboro City Council held a public comment meeting Thursday night where one Murfreesboro resident brought up a possible issue with traffic signs.

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Heroin use is on the rise
Heroin use is on the rise

According to the CDC report, 45 percent of those who have used heroin had been dependent on prescription painkillers. Another finding: people without health coverage are more likely to use heroin.

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News outlets sometimes mix words up - Dr. Larry Burris Reports
News outlets sometimes mix words up - Dr. Larry Burris Reports

News outlets sometimes get words wrong. With more, here is Dr. Larry Burris from MTSU...

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Marijuana and Xanax found on Murfreesboro man - Male and Female arrested
Marijuana and Xanax found on Murfreesboro man - Male and Female arrested

"She felt bad that her shorts were not large enough to conceal the narcotics because they belonged to her and she handed them to Mr. Smith right before we arrived."

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Former Coffee County Coach Facing 16 Count Indictment On Sex Charges
Former Coffee County Coach Facing 16 Count Indictment On Sex Charges

43 year-old Bradley Newton Weir the former baseball coach at Coffee County High School had his attorney enter a plea of not guilty to a 16 count indictment issued by the Coffee County Grand Jury.

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Man Shot By Deputy Last Week Now In Jail
Man Shot By Deputy Last Week Now In Jail

Robert Travis Rosson the man accused of allegedly charging at a Coffee County Deputy with a knife last Thursday was booked in at the Coffee County Jail Monday night under a $500,000 bond.

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24 Year old Murfreesboro man to Face 1st Degree Murder Charge from 2011 Case
24 Year old Murfreesboro man to Face 1st Degree Murder Charge from 2011 Case

NewsRadio WGNS has leearned that a murder case will hit the local courts this month. Facing charges is 22-year old Brandon D. Buchanan (pictured).

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Two indicted in DeKalb County for death of 22 month old
Two indicted in DeKalb County for death of 22 month old

A Smithville mother and her boyfriend were indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury today (Tuesday) in the death of the woman's 22 month old son over the weekend.

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250lb Cow Stress Tubs MISSING? Say what?
250lb Cow Stress Tubs MISSING? Say what?

According to Cannon County Sheriff's Department Reports Deputy Lee Colwell spoke with a Mr. Larry Brandon who advised that he owns a farm on Lonnie Smith Road and found that some items were missing.

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TBI Arrests Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant
TBI Arrests Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Lawrenceburg Police Department lieutenant accused of borrowing a firearm from his subordinate and then pawning it without his knowledge.

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Woman accused of stealing over $250,000 from her granny
Woman accused of stealing over $250,000 from her granny

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Santa Fe woman accused of stealing more than a quarter of a million dollars from her grandmother.

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You may soon be able to have marijuana in TN
You may soon be able to have marijuana in TN

Two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced companion bills that would legalize the possession and casual exchange of up to half an ounce of marijuana.

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Gas station near I-24 robbed again in LaVergne
Gas station near I-24 robbed again in LaVergne

A gas station in La Vergne was robbed a second time in two months and police need your help...

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Council Approves Agreement for Lytle Street Design

The Murfreesboro City Council approved an agreement with Wiser Consultants, LLC of Murfreesboro to assist with the relocation of Lytle Street between NW Broad Street and Barker Street...

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Council Gives the Go-Ahead to New Airport Partnerships in 2015

A new year brings new partnerships, as an agreement between the municipal airport and Air Methods will soon base LifeFlight services in Murfreesboro...

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Preschool Services in Tennessee to get $17.5 Million Boost
Preschool Services in Tennessee to get $17.5 Million Boost

Federal officials have awarded a $17.5 million grant to Tennessee to expand preschool services.

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LaVergne Police nab suspect in only six minutes
LaVergne Police nab suspect in only six minutes

It took police six minutes to apprehend a suspect Friday morning who had stolen a truck in front of the vehicle owner and his daughter.

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Have you seen this most wanted man in Tennessee?
Have you seen this most wanted man in Tennessee?

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Jabriel Aireece Linzy...

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Beware of Identity Theft in Tennessee
Beware of Identity Theft in Tennessee

Last year, identity theft accounted for 14 percent of all complaints recorded by the Federal Trade Commission...

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Tennessee Promise Recruitment Advancing At Steady Pace

Beth Duffield, Vice President of Workforce Development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, says mentor recruitment is going very well.

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Five year
Five year "forgivable" loan available to repair your home if you live in LaVergne

If your home is repaired, the City would assist you with a five-year forgivable loan.

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Strange: Teen accused of killing a bobcat did not hang it from a goalpost
Strange: Teen accused of killing a bobcat did not hang it from a goalpost

According to Tim Hancock local agent with the TWRA, the student who killed the bobcat DID NOT hang it from the goalpost.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Murfreesboro 2035 Plan
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Murfreesboro 2035 Plan

City officials planning and making changes to help make Murfreesboro a better city.

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Death With Dignity Act: Suicide Or Not?
Death With Dignity Act: Suicide Or Not?

A terminally ill woman plans to end her life under the Death With Dignity Act.

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Good news for the local economy
Good news for the local economy

The overall Middle Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index rose to 226 for September, up from 203 in May.

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McFarland Appointed To Succeed Gilley on Power Board

Mayor Shane McFarland has been appointed to replace recently departed council member Toby Gilley on the Power Board, as Gilley takes a judge's seat...

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19-Year old woman reports she was raped in Murfreesboro
19-Year old woman reports she was raped in Murfreesboro

In the most recent case, a 19-year old woman in Murfreesboro told police that she was raped while spending the night at a home in the area of Mercury Boulevard.

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Council Say Final Farewells to Gilley

August's final meeting of the Murfreesboro city council was most notable for also being the final meeting for Councilman Toby Gilley, departing to take up a General Sessions Court judgeship...

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WGNS TV News Update for August 27th

Bryan Barrett hosts the WGNS TV news update for Thursday, August 27th.

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Hello Jamaica - Goodbye hard earned money
Hello Jamaica - Goodbye hard earned money

The victim claims the caller told her to visit a bank on West Clark Boulevard in Murfreesboro and to write several checks "for cash" and then send them via Western Union to Westmoreland, Jamaica.

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Strong armed robbery reported in Murfreesboro over shoes, beer and a cell phone
Strong armed robbery reported in Murfreesboro over shoes, beer and a cell phone

The only items reported as stolen were a pair of $50 Nike running shoes, a cell phone and a 6-pack of Red Apple Ale.

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Former Suntrust Bank employee accused of forging checks
Former Suntrust Bank employee accused of forging checks

At this point, the subject has been accused of forging some $3,462 in checks.

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Smyrna man accused of sex with minor
Smyrna man accused of sex with minor

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Smyrna, Tennessee man accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor in Jackson County, Tennessee.

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Man allegedly tells two men fishing to get off his lake, referring to Todd's Lake in Murfreesboro
Man allegedly tells two men fishing to get off his lake, referring to Todd's Lake in Murfreesboro

"Mr. Smith advised that the subject then became irate stating that he would shoot them if they came back to his property (the lake)..."

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Meth found inside of a woman and multiple arrests made at Murfreesboro address near I-24
Meth found inside of a woman and multiple arrests made at Murfreesboro address near I-24

Meth continues to plague Rutherford and Surrounding Counties. The most recent case led police to a domestic violence call at the Knights Inn on S. Church Street in Murfreesboro

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August 7th: Election Day - Make sure you vote
August 7th: Election Day - Make sure you vote

The polls in Rutherford County will be open from 7AM to 7PM, Thursday August 7th. Do you know where your polling precinct is located?

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Attempted "Suicide by Cop" case reported Monday night

WGNS usually does not report attempted suicide stories, but that changes when the attempted suicide threats revolve around other potential victims.

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Female teen reported missing last week in Middle Tennessee area found
Female teen reported missing last week in Middle Tennessee area found

A 16-year old girl who was reported missing in the Middle Tennessee area this past week has been found. 

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House Fire in Murfreesboro on Belle Rive Drive
House Fire in Murfreesboro on Belle Rive Drive

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Districts 1 and 9 and Rescue 2 were dispatched to a fire call at 2631 Belle Rive Drive just after 11:30 Thursday night.

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Shelbyville man charged with the rape of woman

According to the warrants, in addition to the bruises the victim also had her head shaven as punishment for not participating.

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Rutherford County Residents head to Nashville for Kiss concert / date night
Rutherford County Residents head to Nashville for Kiss concert / date night

Many residents from Rutherford County headed to Nashville on Wednesday night for the Kiss and Def Leppard Concert...

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Uh-Oh: Lost Funding Could Shutter 80 TN Community Health Clinics
Uh-Oh: Lost Funding Could Shutter 80 TN Community Health Clinics

Dozens of health clinics focused on serving those people across Tennessee most in need may have to close their doors with a major source of federal funding set to expire in 2015.

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Woman allegedly killed her mother in Readyville and dumped the body in Millersville
Woman allegedly killed her mother in Readyville and dumped the body in Millersville

TBI Special Agents began investigating the death of Valerie Jean McFadden on June 23rd, the same day a passerby discovered the body of the 61-year-old Readyville woman

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SURF-ing through body fluids at MTSU?
SURF-ing through body fluids at MTSU?

An MTSU senior is SURF-ing through samples of a body fluid this summer in a research project that will ultimately help her assist investigators in their quests to solve crimes.

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Infiniti expanding - Positive news for Nissan

Infiniti on Thursday began assembly at the Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG. The first engine to be assembled at the all-new facility is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder developed by Daimler. 

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Animal rights group protest
Animal rights group protest "Giggin for Grads" in nearby DeKalb County, TN

Animal rights activists were back again Friday holding signs in protest of the 2nd annual DeKalb County Young Farmers & Ranchers "Giggin for Grads."

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New area code for Rutherford County phones? You must dial 10 digits?
New area code for Rutherford County phones? You must dial 10 digits?

 The Tennessee Regulatory Authority approved the addition of a new area code—629. 

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24-Year old charged for 9th time with
24-Year old charged for 9th time with "Driving on a Suspended License"

Police pulled in behind the 24-year old and ran his tag number. That was when they found out the tag was supposed to be on a Ford Explorer and not an Oldsmobile. 

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Joe Carr for Senate Campaign Gaining Momentum: Announces Endorsement of Seven Tennessee Legislators

Today, the Joe Carr for Senate Campaign announced the endorsements of Middle Tennessee Representatives Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg), and Rick Womick (R-Rockvale).

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WOODBURY: Former County Executive...
WOODBURY: Former County Executive... "Dude Northcutt" passes away at age 100

Nolan Anderson (Dude) Northcutt was born in Huntsville, Alabama and at age 10, moved to Woodbury following the death of his parents.

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A visit to a homeless campsite higher than most...
A visit to a homeless campsite higher than most...

I hesitated on actually putting this story online… but, with the consent of this gentleman, I decided to go ahead and post it, even though it is in Nashville. He wanted his story to be heard to hopefully help someone else. If someone can see his struggles, if someone can see what he is a slave to, then possibly… one person will quit drinking. - Scott Walker (WGNS)

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Beechgrove man killed in Logging Accident

A coworker by the name of Donald Curlee, stated that he and Mr. Wiser were cutting tries on a hill side when the accident occured. 

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37-Year Old to Face
37-Year Old to Face "Rape" Charge

37-Year old Clint Cielto, who was arrested in Rutherford County on February 4th, will head to court later this month. 

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Man caught naked with 16-year old during burglary call
Man caught naked with 16-year old during burglary call

A 22-year old man who told police he was transient and did not have a home address, has been arrested on a single statutory rape charge. 

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Promoting Prostitution Case leads Murfreesboro Police to a local hotel on Chaffin Place
Promoting Prostitution Case leads Murfreesboro Police to a local hotel on Chaffin Place

A Columbia, Tennessee woman who reportedly goes by the nickname of “Cream,” has been arrested in Murfreesboro on a charge of Promoting Prostitution.

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Another motorcycle theft reported in Murfreesboro

It appears as if another motorcycle has been stolen in the Rutherford County area. This time, thieves stole a 2008 Yamaha R-6 sport bike.

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UPDATE:  Man Accused of Gold Valley Murder in Murfreesboro Scheduled for Trial later this year
UPDATE: Man Accused of Gold Valley Murder in Murfreesboro Scheduled for Trial later this year

The man suspected of killing a 30-year old Murfreesboro woman on Gold Valley Drive in 2013 will appear in court on September 30, 2014.

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LaVergne High School Assistant Principal receives top honors

Congratulations to Tori Ruis, assistant principal at LaVergne High School in the Rutherford County school system. 

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Rutherford County Commission Race GROWS
Rutherford County Commission Race GROWS

The County Commission race in Rutherford County continues to grow.  Oakland High School Assistant Principal, Tim Roediger, has announced...

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Reality: Two new Walmart stores coming along despite outrage by some while other praise new jobs
Reality: Two new Walmart stores coming along despite outrage by some while other praise new jobs

Many residents are arguing that four Walmart stores will make it hard on locally owned retailers in Murfreesboro while others say they are thankful for the jobs.

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Senator Mae Beavers who once represented Rutherford County commented on Common Core Standards - Highlighting Murfreesboro City Schools
Senator Mae Beavers who once represented Rutherford County commented on Common Core Standards - Highlighting Murfreesboro City Schools

"I have a grandson in the city school system in Murfreesboro. They have fully implemented Common Core. He is in Discovery School. They have to test to get in. He was reading fourth grade level in the first grade. He loves learning but he hates school this year because he said all they do is test all day..."

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Do you recognize the man in this Smyrna area security video? What about his truck?
Do you recognize the man in this Smyrna area security video? What about his truck?

Smyrna Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who can be seen on video at WGNSradio.com, breaking into the Kwik Sack Tobacco and Beer store at 543 Almaville Rd. In the video, the suspect appears to be in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck with a custom hood.

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Smyrna Man Among Several Arrested in Nashville Drug Investigation
Smyrna Man Among Several Arrested in Nashville Drug Investigation

A Smyrna man has landed behind bars as a result of a 10-month investigation in Nashville. The Smyrna man was however arrested by chance, he was the passenger in a car that reportedly left the scene.... Of course the car he was in had three pounds of marijuana in it. 

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Alleged Bank Robber in his 70's Arrested for
Alleged Bank Robber in his 70's Arrested for "Recent" Robbery in Coffee County, TN

According to investigators, the senior citizen entered the bank wearing a mask, gloves and a cap and was armed with a firearm. 

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Do You Have What it Takes to be Miss MTSU or Miss Murfreesboro
Do You Have What it Takes to be Miss MTSU or Miss Murfreesboro

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be a female and a U.S. citizen;

• High school graduate or equivalent by June 30, 2014;

• No younger than 17 on Jan. 11, 2014, and no older than 24 by Dec. 31, 2014;

• Not be married, never have been married, never have had a marriage annulled, never cohabitated or have had a child;

• Miss MTSU must be a student of Middle Tennessee State University; and

• Miss Murfreesboro must be a resident of the state of Tennessee or attend a university in the state of Tennessee.

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Car Stolen in Smithville - Located in Murfreesboro on Tuesday Morning
Car Stolen in Smithville - Located in Murfreesboro on Tuesday Morning

A car that was reported as “Stolen” by a disabled woman in Smithville has been recovered in Murfreesboro, according a MPD Police Incident Report.

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Group Known by Some as "UCP" Helps Residents Who are Disabled

A state funded Family Support Program is known by few, but serves to help many. Jo Ver Mulm told WGNS that United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee facilitates the support program that is already on schedule to help over 240 residents of Rutherford County this year.

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Murfreesboro Man Accused of Stealing Over $12,000 of Jewelry in DeKalb County
Murfreesboro Man Accused of Stealing Over $12,000 of Jewelry in DeKalb County

A Murfreesboro man will face the DeKalb County courts after being accused of stealing $12,000 worth of jewelry. 41 year old Randy Glenn Haslam of Murfreesboro is charged with...

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Smyrna Police Want Help Nabbing Two Alleged Cell Phone Thieves
Smyrna Police Want Help Nabbing Two Alleged Cell Phone Thieves

The Smyrna Police Department tells WGNS that on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at approximately 10:00 AM, two men entered the Walmart store located at 570 Enon Springs Road East in Smyrna and allegedly stole two Samsung Galaxy cell phones.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Threat Goes Up in Cold Weather

To keep warm air in and cold air out in winter months, most of us strive to keep every door and window tightly closed. While that may help reduce heating bills, it may also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Some Still Smoking, Despite Warning Issued Way Back in 1964

The once commonly held belief that smoking tobacco was harmless, and perhaps even good for some, was shattered Jan. 11, 1964. 

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Uh-Oh: DUI Charge Number 8 in Nearby Cannon County
Uh-Oh: DUI Charge Number 8 in Nearby Cannon County
A man in Woodbury has been charged for the 8th time with DUI and also with "Driving on a Revoked License" for the 10th time... but this is not the first case of such an issue in this area. 
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UPDATE: Former Jail Guard to Appear in Court for Hearing for Aggravated Statutory Rape Charges - Victim was 14
UPDATE: Former Jail Guard to Appear in Court for Hearing for Aggravated Statutory Rape Charges - Victim was 14
28-Year old Drew Gammon, who was indicted on six charges of aggravated statutory rape, will appear before the courts in less than 2-weeks.
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Rutherford County District 9 Commissioner Steve Sandlin Announces Departure
The big news at the December 12th meeting of the Rutherford County Commission was District 9 Commissioner Steve Sandlin’s announcement that he will be stepping down in August after 24 years on the commission to pursue the office of the Register of Deeds...
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More News on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
More News on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
WGNS paid a visit to the Islamic mosque off of Bradyville Pike a week and a half ago to speak to the Imam and to do a follow up story on how the community has accepted their religion, but he did not want to go on the air.
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Another Fire Reported in Murfreesboro... This Fire Occurred Saturday Morning - Residents Displaced as We Enter Christmas Season
Another Fire Reported in Murfreesboro... This Fire Occurred Saturday Morning - Residents Displaced as We Enter Christmas Season
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engine 3, District 2, Ladder 8, and Rescue 7 responded to a fire at Brookwood Terrace Apartments located at 2743 South Rutherford Boulevard around 2:30 Saturday morning.
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Marijuana, Cell Phones and More Seized in Recent Parole / Probation Officer Visit in Murfreesboro
Marijuana, Cell Phones and More Seized in Recent Parole / Probation Officer Visit in Murfreesboro
Methadone, marijuana and numerous cell phones were recovered by Murfreesboro Police when they went to a home to assist probation and parole officers last week. 
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MORE News on Persons Being Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License in Rutherford County (Time Number 8)
MORE News on Persons Being Arrested for Driving on a Revoked License in Rutherford County (Time Number 8)
It seems as if we are learning about cases of persons being arrested for driving on a revoked license 4 times, 5 times and even 10 times too many these days.
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The Rutherford County Christmas Parade is This Sunday at 2pm
The Rutherford County Christmas Parade is This Sunday at 2pm
The annual Christmas Parade for Rutherford County is THIS SUNDAY, and while the event may last only one day... volunteers with WGNS spend months planning and organizing the event.
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News Videos
News Videos
These are news related videos. Everything from fire to special police training excercises are posted in this area.
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Get your Flu Shot - Help Yourself and Help the United Way
Get your Flu Shot - Help Yourself and Help the United Way
Have you had your annual flu shot yet? For the second year in a row, a portion of every flu shot given by Reeves-Sain Drug Store will benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and will be invested in the local community.
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Suspect Allegedly Flees from an Officer and Wrecks on Diana Street in Murfreesboro
Suspect Allegedly Flees from an Officer and Wrecks on Diana Street in Murfreesboro
On Thursday afternoon, WGNS told you about a possible police pursuit in the area of Diana Street. A witness told WGNS...
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Tennessee Catching Developmental Problems in Low Income Children Faster When Compared to Other States
A recent report shows Tennessee is leading most states when it comes to screening low-income children for developmental issues. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday.
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Man Sweating Profusely in the Nude Arrested for Alleged Vandalism in Murfreesboro
Man Sweating Profusely in the Nude Arrested for Alleged Vandalism in Murfreesboro
Police went to a home on Woods Edge Drive to investigate a disturbance where the guest of a home allegedly vandalized a home. 
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EXCITING FOR THE KIDDOS! Football Bowl Game Time in Murfreesboro for the Little League'rs
EXCITING FOR THE KIDDOS! Football Bowl Game Time in Murfreesboro for the Little League'rs
"We started playing the games at Oakland High School before we moved to Siegel two years ago," said Gary Arbit, the commissioner of the league.
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United Way Gets Healthy on FRIDAY!
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is partnering with Middle Tennessee State University and other local businesses to promote healthy habits in youth in Rutherford and Cannon Counties on September 13, 2013.
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Remodel of McDonald's on Memorial Blvd. Reveals Retro McDonald's Underneath Facade in Murfreesboro (See Picture)
Remodel of McDonald's on Memorial Blvd. Reveals Retro McDonald's Underneath Facade in Murfreesboro (See Picture)
Do you remember the old McDonalds with the red roof? 
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New Park Could Soon Be Headed to West Side of Murfreesboro
A possible new park on the west side of Murfreesboro, heavily rumored this week, seems to have the support of the council in moving forward...
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BAD MILESTONE: 350th Baby Born This Year in TN Dependent on Drugs

The Tennessee Department of Health recently recorded a troubling milestone: For the 350th time this year, a baby was born in Tennessee dependent on some form of powerful drugs taken during pregnancy. 

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More Teens Using Steroids TODAY - Are Your Teens?

A recent study found that 5.9 percent of teenage boys reported using steroids, while the rate among girls was 4.6 percent.

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City Conducts Preliminary Review of Budget, City Employees to Receive Pay Increase
Murfreesboro is once more leading the way in pay raises for city employees, coming in second to only Hendersonville in the mid-state for wage increases in the new 2013-2014 budget...
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Suspect in Wilson County Fatality Arrested in Murfreesboro
The victim who was killed in the accident this past February was Megan Carter. 
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UPDATE (see video): Drowning on Center Hill Lake 3-Days After Percy Pries Lake Drowning
Center Hill Lake in nearby DeKalb County is a popular fishing and swimming destination for residents of Rutherford County on a daily basis… that is why we are updating our listeners on a drowning that took place at the lake on Monday.
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Odd Request: Police Want to Know if You Have Received a Phone Call from This 931-Area Code Number
If you have received inappropriate text and/or picture messages from a phone number of (931) 434-8489 please save the messages and contact the Manchester Police Department at 931-728-2099.
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Annual 4-H Horse Show will be on May 18th
The annual Rutherford County 4-H Horse Show will be held at the Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., in Murfreesboro on May 18th at 10:00am.
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NOTE TO PARENTS: This Happens More Often Then You Think
WGNS learned from an undisclosed source that two juveniles have gotten into trouble for allegedly buying and/or using illegal drugs.
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WGNS May have a bunch of out of shape announcers, BUT WE ARE EXCITED THE MIDDLE HALF IS BACK!
The 13.1-mile race is scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. with a wheelchair start at 6:55 a.m. Because the course runs by the geographic center of Tennessee, begins and ends at Middle Tennessee State University and is presented by Middle Tennessee Medical Center, it has been tagged “The Middle Half”.
 
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Man will face numerous charges for allegedly making meth in Murfreesboro
Officers say they discovered that Anderson was allegedly making meth using the one pot method.

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UPDATE: In nearby Bedford Co., prank leads to child porn related charges
A friend playing a practical joke led police to a child porn "bust" and the arrest of a local sheriff’s office employee.

 
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UPDATE: Armed robbery / home invasion reported Tuesday morning in Murfreesboro
UPDATE: Armed robbery / home invasion reported Tuesday morning in Murfreesboro
The responding officer wrote that the male victim stated, “one of the subjects struck him in the face with the gun three times and then pointed the gun at him, pulling the trigger three times, but the gun never fired.”
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Manchester Police asking Middle TN area for help in finding attempted murder suspect
Manchester Police asking Middle TN area for help in finding attempted murder suspect
Varner is believed to be in a 2006 White Ford F150 bearing TN tag 706 YDC, his last known location was in Tullahoma TN.
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Gateway Island Pond is nearly empty and is being repaired
The location of the pond was once a landfill. When Medical Center Parkway was built and the Gateway zone officially opened, the city turned that property into a functional park.
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Thanks to tips to police department, two arrests were made
Thanks to tips to police department, two arrests were made
Detectives at the Smyrna Police Department received tips from the general public as to the identity of these individuals.
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Cost to mail a letter has increased
The cost of mailing a letter has gone up again, after less than a year at 45 cents it will now be 46 cents. As of Sunday, the U.S. Postal Service’s latest rate hike on first class postage stamps went into effect.
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Murfreesboro Crime Statistics released for the past year
Murfreesboro Crime Statistics released for the past year
Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman stated: “One of the top priorities of the Mayor, Council, City Management and the Police Department is to create safe and livable neighborhoods throughout our city. In 2012, officers and detectives focused on reducing residential burglaries through the use of traditional and innovative strategies."
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Monday afternoon fire on Bartway Drive in Murfreesboro
Monday afternoon fire on Bartway Drive in Murfreesboro
Upon arrival, crews discovered heavy smoke coming from a roof vent and flames shooting from the right roof vent. Crews entered the house and quickly extinguished the fire. Damage was contained to the kitchen area and attic area above the kitchen.
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Man charged by Murfreesboro Police with D.U.I. number 10
Man charged by Murfreesboro Police with D.U.I. number 10
Murfreesboro Officer M. Payne wrote in a report, “I made contact with the driver, 55-year old Felix Blackwood, who had an odor of an alcoholic intoxicant, red bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.” The officer requested the subject attempt a field sobriety test which he agreed. Blackwood failed the test and was arrested.
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Sheriffs Office met with Public Safety Committee - Sheriff Arnold states in letter,
Sheriffs Office met with Public Safety Committee - Sheriff Arnold states in letter, "right direction to help detour tragedies in our own schools"
Sheriff Robert Arnold stated, “Approving these positions will not in anyway shield us from ever being subjected to the tragedies that have occurred across our nation over the past few years. This will be a positive step in the right direction to help detour tragedies in our own schools. We cannot prevent someone from committing such unthinkable acts, however we can do what is within our power to do and that is provide a visible deterrent in the form of a SRO.”
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County Schools 2-hours late today *

Rutherford County Schools OPENING 2-HOURS LATE, Lancaster Christian Academy -OPENING 2-HOURS LATE, Providence Christian Academy - Opening 2-hours late, Murfreesboro "City" Schools OPENING ON TIME

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Construction on the Increase in Rutherford County
There appears to be a building boom in Rutherford County. WGNS’ Ron Jordon reports…
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Rutherford County jobs available at career fair that will be held in Antioch
The temp agency is looking to fill about 30 production worker positions for companies in Middle Tennessee, including Rutherford County.
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Topic: Education in Rutherford County - Multiple Guests
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Train Adventure Less Than 2-Hours Away!
Train Adventure Less Than 2-Hours Away!
About an hour and a half southeast of us is Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM).
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School Vouchers: A Solution for a Problem Rutherford County Doesn't Have
Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy, along with Representatives Mike Sparks, Dawn White, and Joe Carr took part in a forum, hosted by the Rutherford and Murfreesboro education associations held at Cason Lane Academy on Thursday night, to address, among other topics, school vouchers, which Gov. Bill Haslam has recently announced supporting.  Turns out, they tend to disagree...
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$4,500 Stolen in Murfreesboro... from a truck
The man called the police on Tuesday to report that his money was stolen. According to the victim, he left the money in a brief case that was in his vehicle overnight.
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Woman supposedly holds up K-mart in Smyrna at gunpoint
Woman supposedly holds up K-mart in Smyrna at gunpoint
In Smyrna on Wednesday evening a woman armed with a gun entered K-mart demanding cash. The female got all the money she could and fled the store in a red Oldsmobile Alero that was waiting outside for her.
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Department of Children Services told to release more information about children deaths in the state
The department will have ten days to redact confidential information before the documents are released to the media or the public. 
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Junior League of Murfreesboro seeking women to explore being a part of their 2013 group
Founded locally in 1992, the Junior League of Murfreesboro explores the needs of the community and concentrated on focus areas such as women and children at risk, educational disadvantages, health, voluntarism and quality of life.
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9,900 Square foot home on Sanford Dr. destroyed in Saturday night fire
9,900 Square foot home on Sanford Dr. destroyed in Saturday night fire
Fire crews tackled a massive house fire on Sanford Drive Saturday night. The home where the fire occurred was nearly 10,000 square feet in size...
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NAACP in Murfreesboro awards two from Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on Saturday
NAACP Jerry Anderson award goes to local School Resource Officer and Sheriff Deputy.
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Send WGNS pictures of your car, truck or motorcycle so we can post it for the world to see
Send WGNS pictures of your car, truck or motorcycle so we can post it for the world to see
WGNS has heard from multiple WGNSradio.com visitors who have told us they would love to see some pictures of local rides. Send us your photos and a description of your vehicles and we will post them online for everyone to see. We will also link the pictures to your page if you have an internet site that features your cars, trucks or motorcycle's. Send pictures to WGNS.FM@gmail.com .
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Wedding dresses from the 1800's continue to be displayed at Oaklands Mansion
Wedding dresses from the 1800's continue to be displayed at Oaklands Mansion
Mary Beth Nevills, Educational Director for Oaklandsexplains why these wedding dress are so special...
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West Main Mission providing lunch to the homeless daily
Jim Hargrove the director of the mission tells us there is a strong need to provide more assistance in Rutherford County to the homeless.
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Special program to help local residents prepare tax returns is FREE
The 2012 VITA sites resulted in 346 accepted tax returns with a total refund amount of $492,000 going back into the communities of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. This year the United Way and Greenhouse Ministries aim to help even more residents.
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UPDATE: Number of R'ford Co. School Resource Officers now Vs. number of officers in the near future
UPDATE: Number of R'ford Co. School Resource Officers now Vs. number of officers in the near future
If the Public Safety Committee gives the green light, the new officers will probably not be hired until June of 2013. The measure will also have to be approved by the budget and finance committee and then the full commission.
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22-Year old Murfreesboro murder suspect is still on the run
Detectives developed 22-year old Domynik Jaleel Green (pictured), also known as “City”, as the main suspect. Warrants for First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder were issued for Green. WGNS followed up on this investigation on Friday (1/18/13) and Rutherford County Sheriff Department records show that Green is still on the run and the warrant has not been served.
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Third Homeless Person Attacked in Past 3-Months in Murfreesboro
According to a report filed by the individual, the attackers said the word “country” as they approached him. The attackers hit the victim multiple times. One of the two men threw a beer bottle at the victims head and the second stated that he was armed with a gun.
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Rutherford County Man Stabbed in the Leg at Lakewood Park in Beechgrove
A Rutherford County man was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center Sunday night after an altercation in Lakewood Park area. According to a report by Coffee County Deputy David Reed, William Thomas Pendergrast, 36, was stabbed 13 times with a pocket knife after allegedly having an argument with another man over a woman.
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Smyrna Business Owner Arrested for Allegedly Selling Marijuana at Business
Smyrna Business Owner Arrested for Allegedly Selling Marijuana at Business
Marijuana and guns were recovered during a drug investigation at a business called Smyrna Video and Tanning. Receiving a tip from the public over a year ago that there was the possibility of illegal drugs being sold there, Narcotics Detectives from the Smyrna Police Department launched an investigation into the proprietors of Smyrna Video. The store is located at 1208 Hazelwood Drive.
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True Blue Week: January 21-27, 2013 - GO BIG BLUE!
True Blue Week: January 21-27, 2013 - GO BIG BLUE!
Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg and Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess joined hands this week to celebrate the beginning of True Blue Week (January 21-27, 2013).
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Nissan Supports Local Education With $50,000 Grant
Nissan Supports Local Education With $50,000 Grant
Nissan has again supported local education by giving $50,000 to be used in the Business Education Partnership (BEP) mini-grant program.
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"Shake and Bake" Meth Lab Found in Parking Lot of Murfreesboro Shopping Center
What has been called a “Shake and Bake” meth lab turned up in the parking lot of a local shopping center on Thursday afternoon in Murfreesboro.
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WGNS Online Listener Has Solution to Stolen Manhole Cover Problem in Murfreesboro
WGNS Online Listener Has Solution to Stolen Manhole Cover Problem in Murfreesboro
An online WGNS listener in Egypt says he has an idea of how to prevent stolen manhole covers in Murfreesboro. Aly Dawoud told us he manufactures a composite material manhole cover that thieves don’t want. The manhole covers stolen in Rutherford County are being stolen...
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28-Year Old Faces 5th DUI Charge in Murfreesboro
A 28-year old man who lives in Murfreesboro and works as a bartender has been arrested for the fifth time on a DUI charge.
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Special Kids to Receive $35,000 Grant
Local nonprofit Special Kids recently received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling almost $2.1 million to 56 local nonprofit organizations for a variety of healthy related projects, according to President and CEO Cathy Self.
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UPDATE: Beech Grove Woman Accused of Locking Mentally Challenged Sister in Storage Shed
A trial date of Feb 19 has been set in Coffee County Circuit Court for Beech Grove resident Tracy Carmon-Thacker. You may recall the story involving her last year… She is accused locking her mentally challenged sister in a shed adjacent to her residence. The sister had no running water in the shed. Thacker was charged with willful abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
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UPDATE: Police Stand-off Thursday Morning - Man Allegedly Tried to Remove Tattoo from His Arm
UPDATE: There was a brief police standoff on Thursday morning in Murfreesboro. The incident occurred on Gresham Lane. The incident was over a domestic violence situation that apparently got out of hand.
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Local Resident and Musician Floyd "Ne-hi" Leonard Dies
(Scroll down for pictures, video and mp3) Local resident and musician Floyd “Ne-hi” Leonard has passed away. In the forties, fifties and sixties, Leonard was a significant part of Carl Tipton and the Mid-State Playboys band and did a "live" radio show on WGNS from a different local business every day.  Leonard was recently on WGNS this past November and explained how he got the nickname “Ne-hi.”
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